Our Mission

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in faith, and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service.



The Catholic Women's League of Canada was organized nationally on June 17, 1920 and granted federal incorporation on December 12, 1923.

The League is officially recognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as a lay association of women and is affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO), a world-wide federation holding membership in the conference of International Catholic Organizations (ICO) and having consultative status with agencies of the United Nations.​


The Objectives of the CWL:​

* To achieve individual and collective spiritual development.
* To promote the teachings of the Catholic Church.
* To exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life.

* To protect the sanctity of human life.
* To enhance the role of women in church and society.

* To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere.
* To uphold and defend Christian education and values in the

   modern  world.
* To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious

   freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.​


Our Lady of Good Counsel

The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is celebrated on April 26. We pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the patroness of the League, who is our model to be imitated.

In 1910, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO) was organized in Brussels, Belgium. Following the organizational meeting of the League on June 20, 1920 in Montreal, an invitation was received from WUCWO inviting the League to affiliate with the world-wide federation. Historical records indicate Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel, had been chosen as the patroness of WUCWO. Subsequently, at the annual national convention in 1923 in Halifax, a resolution was passed to adopt Our Lady of Good Counsel as the League's patroness.

It is interesting to note, from church records, that the title Mother of Good Counsel had been inserted into the Litany of the Blessed Virgin in the early 1900's by the pope of the day. The history and recognition of the picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel is explained in the historical section of the National Manual of Policy and Procedure.


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